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became the chairman of my citizens committee. you know ken clark? brown v. board of education? that ken clark. so we won. we prevailed. and i served one year, and then i got reapportioned out of my seat. [laughter] but by then i was openlessly hooked on public service -- hopelessly hooked on public service. there was really nothing i wanted to do but that. so i was the, the next year i was a delegate to the constitutional convention, and then in 1977 percy said he was going to run for mayor. and, you know, this is -- black folks didn't run for mayor. so it took me about 30 seconds to say, well, what about borough president? percy was then the borough president of manhattan. he said you ought to run for that, and so i did. i ran three times before i succeeded. people used to say to me what do you do? and i'd say i run for borough president. [laughter] i would have been perfectly happy to remain borough president for life. when the late bill lynch who was my chief of staff came to me with some other politically-active new yorkers and convinced me that i had a chance to defeat ed koch in a
all call an insulting performance of a black prostitute in "brown face" -- to a genuine love on the part of her proteges even for charlotte osgood mason to a kind of heroic status for nancy kunard's work in putting black cultural expression in the largest anthology that i think to date has still ever been created. harlem held back on its judgment. harlem said we're not quite sure what race is. we don't know be it's an essence -- if it's an's is sense and we want to celebrate it, we don't know if it's an essence and we want to be free of it, we don't know if we really owe the people we were born to an allegiance. we're not sure where we stand, so let's get it all on the table. there was a remarkable cultural openness to cringe-worthiness. cringe-worthiness was invited in. and that convinced metaa my -- convinced me that my job was to put everything in book about these women and to hold back my own judgment because i think we might find that the more we all put on the table, the better off we are. >> very good of you, again. generous of you. i mean, i'm going to push you on tha
in the brownings and george eliot and thomas carlyle, just to name a few. charles dickens was a fiercely contested prize. hundreds of thousands of copies of his work circle throughout the united states and in the frenzied competition for new english fiction among the weekly periodicals of the 1830s and 1840s, firms like harper's regarded themselves as authorized publishers as an unbound part at 12.50 per copy. he denounced what he called books on this here in the united states and he denounced the scoundrel booksellers who have grown rich from publishing books which do not reap one thing from their issue and that was not well received in the united states. he was well received when he opened his mouth about the american newspapers turning against him. writing to dickens in the same year, thomas carlyle adopted these terms to discuss with his american pirates, saying that we belong to a different nation and cannot steal without being hanged for it and it gives me no permission to steal and thou shalt not steal at all. so it is written down for the men in the logbook of the maker and in latter the l
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